nikola can only show us how old she is. when we ask what she likes best about school, she only understands the question after her teacher translates it. "reading," she replies, a bit embarrassed. when these children graduate, they will likely suffer the same fate as their older siblings -- being unemployed, despite having a diploma. here, even having good grades cannot make up or having a darker skin color. prejudices against roma are deep rooted at all levels of slovakian society. nikola's teacher discovered this when she told friends she was going to teach at a school for roma. >> their first reaction was always, "careful that you don't get lice," and all the usual stuff, but they grown used to it. >> a roma expert says that unfortunately, getting a high school diploma does not significantly improve roma's chances of getting a good job.